Monitoring Monday’s Burnout – Hess Creek Fire Update 7/24/19

On Monday firefighters conducted a burnout operation on the southeast corner of the #HessCreekFire along the Elliott Highway between mile markers 61 and 65 to remove fuel between the fire’s edge and the highway. This operation was done under favorable weather conditions instead of waiting for the fire to move through this area under other conditions which could have created more severe fire behavior and a good chance of spot fires across the highway.

Aerial view of Monday’s burning operation which kept the fire north of the Elliott Highway.

Yesterday, firefighters monitored and patrolled boundaries of the burnout and will continue the same today watching for possible spot fires. Along the Elliott Highway they removed burned trees to prevent them from falling on the road. Smoke prevented the helicopter from flying yesterday, but it will be used today to reassess the perimeter of the fire.

Please continue to use caution and slow down while driving in the area. Smoke may reduce visibility and firefighters may be working along the road.

Other crews continued maintaining pumps, hoses, and sprinklers that were placed around structures. While these sprinkler systems have not been needed in recent days, firefighters maintain these systems to ensure they will be ready if the fire moves towards these structures.

Fire perimeter map 7-24

Fire Behavior and Weather: The highest temperatures and lowest relative humidity of the week should have occurred yesterday. The general pattern for the rest of the week will be cooler and wetter. Clouds should begin moving over the area today with a chance for thunderstorms and a greater chance for rain on Thursday.

Public Awareness: For current road conditions, go to the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities’ 511.alaska.gov website. Stay up-to-date on current air quality information by visiting https://fires.airfire.org/outlooks/Alaska.  

Start Date: June 21, 2019
Cause: Lightning
Location: Ignition approximately 12 miles northeast of Livengoood, AK
Acreage: 173,467
Percent Contained: 0%
Personnel: 102

Hours of operation: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Contact Fire Information: 208-269-4413
Email: HessCreekFire2019@gmail.com
Website: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6404
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BLMAFS

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